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Read inspriational Real Weddings stories. This month:
Tracy and Duane - A Celebration of the Arts in our Nation's Capital
The Bride:
Tracy Nicole Hardy, Project Manager for the Washington Post Newsweek Interactive

The Groom:
William "Duane" Dorch, Account Manager for Borland Software Group

The Date:
August, 22
The Stage:
A Celebration of the Arts.
The couple’s deep appreciation for the arts designated The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as the perfect background for an event anchored by an artistic theme. The reception was held in The Kennedy Center’s Roof Terrace Restaurant, which afforded gorgeous panoramic views of Washington’s most famous monuments. The couple then selected the Western Presbyterian Church for their ceremony – a decadent church in close proximity to The Kennedy Center.
I Just Knew :
From the first time Tracey’s eyes met Duane’s, she knew he would be her husband. And at a Christmas party hosted for friends and family, Duane sealed that fate with a surprise proposal surrounded by the couple’s dearest. On center stage, he sang a song he wrote and produced for Tracey called, “When I Close My Eyes.” As the song concluded, Duane asked Tracey to be his wife. She cried. They embraced.
Creating A Theme
Tracey and Duane built a magnificent event around their artistic theme. Vendor selections emphasized the importance of music, with four professional artists performing with a 10-piece orchestra as a backdrop. Even the table names paralleled this theme, with each named after an African American artist who was an Honoree at The Kennedy Center.
An Emphasis on Family and Spirituality
From the proposal to the farewell brunch concluding the wedding weekend, an emphasis on family and spirituality permeated the entire affair. The couple hosted an array of events designed to bring loved ones together for a joyous occasion. The weekend included a family cookout, golf outing, cemetery tour and church services, all culminated by the intimate wedding reception of their closest friends and family.

The wedding sermon itself was a focal point of the day. Extremely powerful and moving, it addressed real components of marriage such as communication, consensus and infidelity. The audience was riveted and inspired.

The Extras
The Invitations – extremely unique and elegant, appropriate for the venue. A regular chocolate cardstock with a silver ribbon engraved with the couple’s initials wrapped around it. The interior featured cream cardstock with silver ink and three separated cards tiered inside.

The Dress – Designed by Jenny Lee – “A mystical princess-inspired dress. The lines accentuate this theme with an asymmetric neckline and a sleeve made from delicate silk chiffon. The Chiffon skirt is carefully draped over silk crepe satin to highlight the princess imagery.”

The Wedding Cake – a three-tiered round fruit Bavarian cake. Deep red roses and cymbidium orchids adorned each tier.

The Flowers – Queen Ann’s Lace, Red Roses, Bell’s of Ireland, White Roses, Mini-Sunflowers, Orange Tomahawk Gerbers

How it All Came Together

Photographer: Rodney Bailey - WASHINGTONIAN MAGAZINE's TOP VOTE GETTER 2004 & 2005 for Wedding Photojournalism. "Washingtonian" Best since 1999. "Was the nicest, easiest to work with and he followed through before, during and after the wedding. We spent many hours with him, about 13. His pictures are beautiful and complete, tell a story, and he is fast, efficient and wants very much to please. A pleasure to be around and it is obvious he loves what he does."

Photography: Rodney Bailey
Videography: Classic Moments Video
Florist: Mary Chapin
Wedding Cake: Alexandria Pastries
Bridal Gown: Hannelore's
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridal Discounters
Flowergirl Dress: Katina Katoo
Tuxedos: AfterHours Formalwear
Wedding Coordinator: Alison Ruh Oleson
Transportation: Fleet Transportation
Invitations: You're Invited
Website Design: Christian Buddie

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